Saturday, July 9, 2011

Lemon Cranberry Scones

I had never had a scone before I had moved here. The first one I had was at a woman's conference here at the country club and ever since then I have LOVED them! I have made some whole wheat strawberry ones before and usually eat the blueberry ones at the bakery but when I ran across the Lemon Cranberry recipe on, I had to try it!
1 slice is 4 points for weight watchers.

*Make sure to have unsalted butter placed in the freezer untill chilled before baking

*Move top shelf to top third rack in oven

*Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups Ultra grain flour (or 1 cup white, 1 cup whole wheat)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp chilled butter (must be cold) cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup dried sweet cranberries or cherries
Place parchment onto a baking sheet
To make your glaze, combine 2 T of sugar with 1 T of lemon juice
Combine buttermilk, remaining lemon juice, sugar, lemon zest, vanilla, and egg in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, in a large bowl and stir until well mixed
Cut in chilled butter with a pastry blender, or you could use 2 knives, until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
Which, mine never really looked like but still tasted just fine.

Fold in your dried cranberries

Add your buttermilk mixture to your flour mixture
Stir until moist, it will be sticky
Place your dough onto a floured surface, and with floured hands, gently knead about 4 times
place dough onto your parchment sheet and form into an 8-inch circle, about 3/4 in thick.

Cut into about 8 to 10 sliced but be sure to NOT cut all the way through

Brush lemon glaze over the dough
Bake for about 18-25 minutes until golden brown. Do the toothpick test and when it comes out dry, your good :)
Yes, it tastes just as good as it looks!
Serve warm (right out of the oven) and with your favorite coffee.  ENJOY!

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